This upcoming Full Moon on January 31 is not only a Blue Moon (the second Full Moon in a month, the first was on January 1) but it is also a lunar eclipse! Even more exciting, it’s also a supermoon, which means that the moon is at its closest possible point to earth and will appear larger and brighter.
Eclipses can often herald sudden changes or adjustments, illuminating the answers to problems or issues that have been plaguing you for months, or years. Eclipse energy can also signal endings, releasing and letting go, so it’s a good time to tap into that energy if you’re feeling the need to purge, clean, release or in general move on from something. Eclipses are also illuminating, just like a regular Full Moon, and usually bring to light something you’ve been avoiding or need to move on from.
For a lot of folks, the days around an eclipse is extremely emotional, and if you’re one that feels drained or tired during the Full Moon, you can bet that will be amplified during an eclipse. It’s a good idea if you can to keep your schedule light the days surrounding an eclipse, meditated and keep an eye on what you’re eating, as sugar and other inflammatory foods can exacerbate any fatigue your body is already feeling.
Below are my top three tips for harnessing the energy of a lunar eclipse.
The Full Moon tends to pack a major punch for a lot of us (headaches, anyone?) but add a supermoon, blue moon eclipse and you’ve got a lot of energy swirling around looking for somewhere to go. Use this time to smudge, smudge, smudge. Clean away any emotional or energetic garbage with some palo santo, sage or cedar.
And while you’re smudging, you might want to do a deep clean of your home. If the weather allows, open up the windows and doors and get that energy flowing.
BURN IT AWAY
My favorite way to release or let something go is to burn it. It’s such a visual process that is allows the mind-body connection to deepen and you physically feel like you are releasing something. Simply write what you are letting go of on a piece of paper and then burn it in a heat-proof container (I use a mini cauldron just for this purpose!). As you watch the paper burn, think of whatever you are letting go go up in smoke.
Use the full moon’s detoxifying properties to draw out mental, emotional and physical toxins. I love adding Himalayan salt to my bath during the full moon. Himalayan salt is wonderful for drawing out the toxins in your body and helps to reduce inflammation. Simply dissolve 1-2 cups of Himalayan salt in warm water for your detoxifying moon bath.
What are your favorite lunar eclipse rituals? Let me know in the comments below!